Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Endorsements are piling up for both candidates.
Rep. William Lacy Clay scored a major endorsement today from the head of Missouri's Democratic Party. Gov. Jay Nixon issued a press release in support of Clay, who faces a primary fight from fellow incumbent Democrat Rep. Russ Carnahan. "For over 25 years, Lacy Clay has been a powerful voice for working families and a tireless advocate for the people of St. Louis," Nixon said. "He’s the right man to continue serving the people of the First Congressional District, and I fully support his re-election." St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley backed Clay almost immediately after Carnahan got into the 1st District contest. He also received the support of the local AFL-CIO on April 4. “Organized labor is …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Represenative Russ Carnahan gets a notable endorsement in his bid against Representative Lacy Clay.
Reps. Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay each snagged labor endorsements in their bids to stay in Congress. The two St. Louis City Democrats are both running in the 1st Congressional District, an area that encompasses all of St. Louis City and portions of north St. Louis County. It’s a race that’s expected to be quite heated, as evidenced by the barbs traded between the two on the first day of filing. A few weeks ago Clay received an endorsement from the Missouri branch of the AFL-CIO, one of the largest labor unions in the state. This week, Carnahan nabbed endorsements from firefighters unions that encompass St. Louis City and St. Louis County. It’s not that surprising because the St. Louis City union commended Carnahan for his work retrieving …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt each won passage of amendments to slow the down the process of closing post office branches.
Patch recently reported on efforts by Missouri's U.S. senators aimed at forestalling closures at rural post offices. This week, versions of both amendments made it onto a broader bill aimed at restructuring the United States Postal Service. That broader piece of legislation passed Wednesday by a 62-37 margin, and puts off the potential for ending Saturday delivery for another two years. The bill now goes back to the U.S. House. Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D-MO) amendment, modified from the original version, would essentially place a yearlong moratorium on closing rural post offices, unless there is not “significant opposition” from a particular community. Once that moratorium expires, the USPS will have to follow a specific criterion before …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Tuesday's opening of filing for state and congressional races draws out candidates.
U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan ended months of speculation Tuesday by formally filing to run in the newly-redrawn first congressional district, setting up a primary fight against incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay. Carnahan had to decide whether to run in the first, or in the redrawn second district, which now includes Creve Coeur, after the redistricting process drew his third district into extinction. The Missouri Supreme Court has yet to rule on challenges to those maps, as well as newly redrawn State Senate boundaries. According to KMOX, Carnahan has not ruled out the possibility of refiling once the courts rule. As of this writing, political unknowns George Weber (Democrat) and John Morris (Republican) have filed for the second district seat…
Friday, February 3, 2012
Under the new map, Creve Coeur would move to Missouri's 2nd Congressional district. St. Louis Public Radio reports the case will be appealed to the State Supreme Court.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Martin to challenge Chris Koster for Missouri Attorney General.
Two days after a Webster Groves doctor made the 2nd Congressional district Republican primary a three candidate race, the contest is back down to two in the running. Thursday morning, St. Louis attorney Ed Martin announced he would drop out of the GOP primary for Congress and instead challenge Chris Koster to become the state's top lawyer. Feeding off of his near-victory against Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis) in 2010, Martin had support in his bid to succeed Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), but has lagged considerably in fundraising compared to former RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner, who has also lined up endorsements from national Republican figures, including John Ashcroft, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Former Arkansas Governor and …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
De Smet graduate faces an uphill climb for the GOP nod in Missouri's 2nd district.
Randy Jotte, an emergency room doctor at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has officially announced plans to run for the Republican nomination in the race for the second congressional district. Jotte, who is also an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, made the announcement during a news conference this morning at the St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park, in Chesterfield. "The Washington, D.C. politicians are taking us around and around, going nowhere," Jotte said, and gesturing toward the historic carousel behind him. "Our country is suffering. We're ready to stop the merry-go-round," he said. The Webster Groves native is joining former RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner and Attorney Ed Martin in the race for the …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Dr. Randy Jotte will formally announce his bid for Missouri's 2nd District U.S. House seat Tuesday.
Webster Groves native and De Smet graduate Randy Jotte is throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination in Missouri's newly redrawn second congressional district. He plans to officially announce his candidacy in a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park in Chesterfield. Jotte joins former RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner and Attorney Ed Martin, both of whom have been in the race for months. The seat is being left vacant by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Jotte, a 1978 graduate of De Smet, is an emergency physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. He served as a Webster Groves …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
State Senate districts thrown out; Congressional boundaries need more hearing.
- On KMBC-TV
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Webster Groves doctor sits in at candidate forum, not ready to join U.S. House race.
On Monday, a St. Louis County doctor announced his interest in exploring a run in Missouri's redrawn 2nd congressional district. Thursday, Dr. Randy Jotte was in the audience as the two declared candidates, attorney Ed Martin and former RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner appeared at a South County candidate forum. Despite frigid temperatures, roughly one hundred people turned out at the Cliff Cave Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. Wagner and Martin had been invited to speak, and Jotte came to listen, chat, and get the lay of the land. (Wagner had been at a Creve Coeur event and arrived too late to speak to the group.) Jotte had suggested that if he’d be there, it meant he was leaning toward running. He still wouldn't commit Thursday. “I’ll …